The Citizen Rosebud

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Monday, April 4, 2011

SHOP Second-Hand First


I was inspired earlier this year, by Emily of The Daily Fashionista when she did a guest post here at the Citizen and shared her pledge to SHOP SECOND HAND. While we've already been great thrift shoppers already, I was inspired by Emily to create a pledge and honor it this year. I am teaming up with another thrifty shopper, the incredible Reva of Revas Rags 2 Roses, and we are all participating in this pledge, the SHOP SECOND HAND FIRST. I invite you all to join in. Feel free to sign up, just leave a comment and your email and I'll mail you the widget AND add your name to my sidebar for the month of April! 

The Citizen Rosebud pledges to SHOP Second-Hand First

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34 comments:

THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

This is such a great idea! I've been thinking about making my own pledge for awhile... unfortunately, it's hard right now because I'm a slave to corporate America at Ann Taylor...

shooting star said...

a great idea..but ill pledge after six months!!

The Elegant Bohemian said...

I kind of took this pledge for myself (my version of it) at the beginning of the year. I wanted to see if I could go without buying any clothes items brand new. I did give myself leeway to purchase a new pair of brown heels. It just makes sense and even if you are a mall addict, you'll still find those same brands in the thrift stores! Just for much less! ~Serene

Courtney said...

When I can, I shop second hand, though if it's on sale, I shop "first" hand. I think price more than anything determines what I buy. For example, skirts that cost $3.50 from American Apparel new, yes, I'll buy it. My philosophy is pay as close to $10 as possible.

--Courtney

My Heart Blogged said...

You know I am so in on this! My email is vanessa@myheartblogged.com
My Heart Blogged

Sweet said...

great idea...I should try to look for more thrift shops in Bangkok so that I can buy second hand items...I only know one store near my place...but I am pretty sure that there are great stores that i haven't found yet...

Kisses
Sweet
PensandLens
@mistytewest

Annimal House said...

I love this pledge, and I know I find more interesting, often better made items at thrift stores and flea markets. I would suggest ebay and etsy to also satisfy the needs of those who are not in close proximity to thrift shops! They are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week too!

Ofelia said...

Without knowing I've been doing this pledge for the last 2 years. The only time I had bought retail is when I need to get underwear!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Ofelia, you are a woman after my own heart! i buy my lingerie and socks new, and TRY to get my clothing from a second-hand source.

Yvonne said...

Second-hand is my FAVORTIE kind of shopping! Right now though I am a semi-finalist for Project Style at my local mall and have to spend $150 or less creating the ultimate outfit - from shops at the mall. Other than that contest - I promise to shop 2nd hand first!! Love those knee socks Bella!! Wish I could find something like those in my thrift store!!!

Terri said...

I can definitely do this. I think I took the pledge twenty years ago!

Mrs. Miscellanea said...

Absolutely! I do this for my entire family already, it's my favorite way to shop! ;)

Fashion Momma said...

I've just started to embrace shopping second hand. It's SO MUCH MORE beneficial to everyone involved! I really, really want to do a swap, because I love watching everyone else doing it. But... I'm such an odd shape/size. It's really difficult!

RETRO REVA said...

Thanks for your support my Bella Q!
I am measuring more exactly as we "speak" ;)
( i knew i could count on you to spot the stuff I missed ;0)

The red skirt is :
34" waist, 21" length ( laying flat )

The Pallazo's are 29" waist, inseam 21", from waist to hem 35"
( they are really baggy, but the waist can be adjusted an inch as it has a button closure and space to move it over )

Thanks so much for your help!
xXx
Reva

Debbie Baker Burns said...

When I started scrolling down reading the pledge I was thinking, "I want to take the pledge!" Goodwill and thrift stores are my favorite way to shop. I do buy inexpensive things at Target, Family Dollar, etc., but I have been shopping more in thrift stores since starting my blog in January because I am committed to looking good for less and I very much like the idea that buying used is good for the planet! My email is thriftygirlvintage@hotmail.com. I would like to be a part of this!

Vanessa said...

I love your accessories in this outfit - from the hat to the socks and shoes... it elevates the entire look to something so fun and funky!
(and to answer your question on my blog that you just posted, no... I don't have an FB for my blog. I've been hesitant to do it, for some weird reason that I can't really communicate clearly... I think it's probably something to do with mixing my personal life and blogging life too closely? I get very shy about that kind of stuff!)

frontrowspectator.com said...

I hope to one day be able to do this. Unfortunately, there are not many great stores here in south florida.

best of luck bella!

FRONT ROW SPECTATOR
Twitter @laurenNjordan

Misfits Vintage said...

I pledged this 20 years ago and I'm still living it - so I am THRILLED to join this pledge - not just for April but for life!

Sarah xxx

Collette Osuna said...

What a great idea....and you look super cute as always love:)

Judith said...

I have been shopping second hand first since the 70's, so this is my lifestyle. Sign me up!
The Style Crone judith@stylecrone.com

Pearl Westwood said...

Thats a great sentiment. Whilst I buy a lot of my clothes vintage - and sell them too in my shop, I couldn't get everything vintage.
I have stopped buying high street though and only shop designer so the purchases I do make are investments that will last, and I also believe in supporting the retail industry in this time of recession as keeping jobs is very important too.

brookemeagan said...

Hoorah!! Now this is something I can TOTALLY mesh with. The only time I get new clothing is when my Mom buys it and sends it to me. She can't help herself!

But, I've been trying really hard to be mindful of my own consumption and to shop more responsibly. I would love to join the pledge and put the widget up on my blog. My email is centersage@ymail.com

Thanks Bella! xo

Parrish The Thought said...

I committed to only buying second hand as well! It's green, it's cheap, and it's so so so so fun!! I haven't bought anything brand-new since september, I did it as a "school year's resolution", but when may comes along, I'm gonna keep it up.

Fuyume said...

Oh Bella - yes,yes,yes I'm doing this anyway. 2nd haand or vintage first and ethical brands as a last resort. I'm so In............

Fashion Tales.... said...

I think this is just a smarter way to shop anyway. I started buying only secondhand/vintage a bit over 3 years ago. (however, I sometimes fall off the shopping-pledged wagon and buy some new), I definitely support sustainable fashion & a true believer in finding great buys by thrift/charity first. (depending on what you're seeking) :)

Kristin said...

Y'all are amazing! I really do need to hit up more second hand shops. I can say that I've been shopping my own closet a lot more this year!

Eli said...

In this plastic walmart world that society has created, people want fast and cheap. I refuse to live like that! Not when I can thrift, not consume more, and save a lot of money.

heidihastings said...

This is so great! I love second hand shopping. The Goodwill is one of my favorite stores and I feel great when I buy something I love for less. Second hand is a great way to look stylish without hurting your pocketbook. <3 H

The Suburb Experiment said...

I pretty much do this already. :) It's more fun to supplement thrifted clothes with retail in my humble opinion. I love seeing other people getting into it!

Jenn

Laura Connell said...

I love this and I am already doing it. I pledged to buy only second-hand for six months. Now I can take this pledge to carry on the habit for a lifetime. I just read about Alicia Silverstone in Vogue and she has taken this pledge as well.

Birdie! said...

YES!! If I can find it first, secondhand, I will. :D I try to do this with clothes, but I'm really great at thrifting housewares. Great inspiration...

Tastes Eclectic Fashion said...

I can do this as well! It's my goal to make this a life-long change as I can't continue consuming the way I was before-it's too irrational, unsustainable and hurtful to the world around me.

Heather Fonseca said...

Oh my gosh! I love your idea. In fact I was going to do that this year, what happened? I'm not sure I can avoid temptation...
But I'd love to try. Where do I sign up?

Love,
Heather
http://thestyleconfessions.com/

The Daily Fashionista said...

I am still having fun shopping second hand!! I'm glad there will be more people on board. Our planet will be a happier planet with less stuff cluttering landfills and whatnot;)

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